Going OTT is an ‘option’ for Fox, says Murdoch

Direct-to-consumer streaming is an “option” for 21st Century Fox in the US market, and the company has the expertise to launch such an offering, according to CEO James Murdoch. Speaking to analysts after Fox announced its latest quarterly figures. Murdoch said that Fox was focused primarily on developing its authenticated streaming service in partnership with […]

Departing Harding says YouView upgrade benefiting pay TV uptake

Along with the news that Dido Harding is to step down as CEO of the company after seven years, UK service provider TalkTalk has revealed that it lost 31,000 TV customers in its fiscal third quarter, following changes to its fixed-line proposition in October. On a more positive note, Harding said that the introduction of […]

Netflix plans more market localisation

Netflix is setting its sights on more market localisation following the launch of tailored versions of the service in Poland and Turkey last September. Speaking on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that the rollouts would be part of a “steady process” that should help Netflix establish a substantial presence […]

Hopster: ‘once in a generation’ opportunity in kids market

New entrants to the kids market face a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to ‘become global leaders’ as digital distribution consolidates around key apps and moves to a subscription model, according to kids ‘edutainment’ app provider Hopster’s founder and CEO Nick Walters. Interviewed by Digital TV Europe editor Stuart Thomson for TV Connect’s video series ahead […]

Ericsson’s new CEO takes up his post

Ericsson’s new president and CEO, Börje Ekholm, takes up his role today following the departure of previous chief executive Hans Vestberg in July. Ekholm replaces interim president and CEO Jan Frykhammar, who now becomes executive vice-president and advisor to the CEO, focusing on corporate governance and efficiency. Magnus Mandersson, meanwhile, remains executive vice-president and advisor […]

SoftAtHome appoints former Orange exec as new CEO

Smart home technology specialist SoftAtHome has appointed former Orange executive David Viret-Lange as its new CEO. Viret-Lange, who joins after more than 20 years at Orange group, replaces previous chief executive Michel Degland, who left to become CEO of Orange Madagascar in November. Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, president of the SoftAtHome board of directors, praised Viret-Lange’s in-depth […]

Vivendi hires ex-Telefónica Brasil chief in convergence role

Vivendi has hired former Telefónica Brasil CEO Amos Genish in the new role of chief convergence officer. Genish will be charged with overseeing the group’s convergence strategy between content, platforms and technology. Genish will be based in Paris and London. Genish has previously worked for Vivendi in his role as founder and CEO of Brazilian […]

Official CEO in as Viacom-CBS merger crumples

Bob Bakish has been named permanent president and CEO of Viacom after the potential re-merger with CBS evaporated. Bakish has been acting CEO since November 15 after Tom Dooley stepped down from his interim post, and will now become full-time chief. The appointment came after Viacom confirmed media reports yesterday that revealed the merger with […]

Telefonica Deutschland names new CEO

Telefonica Deutschland has named Telefonica veteran Markus Haas as its new CEO. Haas, who has worked at Telefonica since 1998, will take up his new role on Jaunary 1, 2017, taking over from Telefonica Deutschland’s current CEO Thorsten Dirks. Telefonica said that Dirks will continue to support the management team until the end of the […]

Liberty Global: mobile is ‘strategically critical’

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries has described mobile as “strategically critical” and outlined ambitious plans to more than double its mobile base in the next five years. Speaking on Liberty’s third quarter earnings call, Fries said that mobile is now “unquestionably a core part of our product strategy and our customer value proposition” and described […]